Travel through thick and lush flora, slowly changing into rocky terrain as you reach the summit. Stunning views of Fernie and the surrounding area is your reward!
Distance: 3.5km to peak
Elevation Gain: 910m (3000ft)
Hiking time: 2-3 hrs to peak
Don't forget to pick up a Fernie Trail Map before your hike. TrailForks users can track their progress and location along this hike, if they have GPS on their mobile device, using the Trailforks app, and the Mount Hosmer Route.
Mount Hosmer Trail is split into two sections. The first section of the hiking trail follows a narrow path uphill for about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi.). The trail is mostly dirt and earth, with exposed roots and rocks. The first 3 kilometres ends at the base of Ghostrider Peak on Mount Hosmer and is considered moderately difficult as it includes some switchbacks and steep hills. The second section of the trail leads to the summit of Hosmer Mountain/Ghostrider Peak. It starts off relatively easy and then near the peak it becomes steep. This section of the trail is approximately 2 kilometres. Towards the upper section, the trail navigates along a ridge leading to the towards the summit. The trail is unmarked and is unmaintained.
Bring sufficient water for the hike as there are no water sources on the trail.
Commencing at the bridge over the Elk River, on the north end of Fernie, proceed east along Hwy 3 for 5.2km to Dicken Road. Turn left onto Dicken Road and proceed for 600m. Turn right onto the Hartley Lake Road. Follow this rough road for 7 km to the parking area (gravel pull out) on the left, and well-marked trailhead on the right. Cellular coverage is sparse at the trailhead.
Mount Hosmer shares its name with the community of Hosmer which is adjacent to the mountain. The mountain is famous for its rough cliff face and is easily recognizable from town. In the summer months when the sun is setting, the shadow of the Ghostrider is visible on the south-facing the cliff. The Ghostrider is a famous Fernie folk legend which in tales a young Indian Chef's daughter being jilted and an angry father who placed a curse on the area. The curse was officially removed in the '60s but the iconic shadow still remains.
As with any trip into the backcountry be well prepared for weather changes. And remember that you are travelling in an area where wildlife is abundant. Be aware of your surrounding, follow the proper safety protocols and respect the environment.